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Latino Law Professors Join United Effort to Support Sotomayor Nomination

Jun 4, 2009

Professors bring expertise and insight on nominee’s record

WASHINGTON, DC – Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary (HFJ) announced today the launch of a collaboration with dozens of Latino law professors from around the country to support the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"There is no doubt that Judge Sotomayor's nomination is historic because she is a Latina, but what also is without doubt is that she possesses a brilliant legal intellect, impeccable academic and professional credentials, and a sterling reputation as a fair-minded and careful judge," said American University law professor Anthony E. Varona (Washington, DC). "My colleagues and I come together to support Judge Sotomayor not only because she is a shining realization of the American Dream, but also because her extraordinary talents and personal attributes will make her a distinguished Supreme Court justice.”

“We are at a key moment in the history of the American judiciary, with the most experienced nominee in 100 years who also happens to be the first Hispanic nominee,” said HFJ founding member, Professor and Associate Dean Reynaldo Valencia, at St. Mary's University School of Law (San Antonio, TX). “This is no time for Latino law professors to sit on the sidelines.”

A number of Latino law professors have already shared their views on Judge Sotomayor’s nomination through interviews and opinion columns. Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary will coordinate efforts to share their expert legal analysis of Judge Sotomayor’s record and educate the American public about the positive impact her expertise and experience will have on the Supreme Court.

“As a law professor, Judge Sotomayor was committed to excellence in her own work and also demanded excellence from her students, knowing that a rigorous education opens the doors of opportunity to all,” said Professor Jenny Rivera, Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality at CUNY School of Law (New York, NY). “The intellectual rigor she demonstrated as a law professor will serve the nation well when brought to the Supreme Court.”

“Judge Sotomayor is the most qualified nominee for the Supreme Court in generations,” said Professor Kevin Johnson, Dean of University of California, Davis School of Law (Davis, CA). “Having read decisions authored by Judge Sotomayor, I am convinced that her fair and restrained approach to the law will serve the nation well on our highest court.”

“The addition of more law professors to Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary is a welcome development,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “As experts in the law, they bring a special perspective to the debate.”

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Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary (HFJ) was formed in April 2005 in order to provide Hispanic leaders across the nation a platform and voice in matters related to our nation's judicial system. HFJ is an unaffiliated, non-partisan, independent network of elected officials, legal, civil rights, labor, academic and political leaders who care deeply about the impact that the Supreme Court has on the Latino community.

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